Friday, September 26, 2008
When I think back to Science Fiction television shows with great musical introductions, these are the ones that immediately play in my brain. Apparently I'm big on guitar riffs.
I loved watching Space 1999. It rarely failed to entertain me or keep me on the edge of my seat. One commenter on IMDB described the storylines as "No 'Space as the last frontier' rhetoric, here. Space is cold and mistakes are lethal. That increases the realism even if 1999 is well past. Action progresses like a slowly unfolding bad dream." That's a great simile, and accurate.
Red Dwarf is a British SciFi comedy. It's a slightly darker comedy, but the novels are even darker. Both are hilarious.
This theme is forever burnt into my brain. It has a uniquely distinctive sound. There's an interesting history on how the original theme was made, the first fully electronically made theme at the time. The synthesizer-like tones sound so pure it reminds me of a theramin mixed with a glass harmonica. It isn't quite as upbeat as the first two, but I love to hear it.
Do you have a favourite scifi TV theme? Link to it in the comments!
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